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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 1259 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

Mr Speaker, already, as the committee has pointed out, we are seeing the results of careful lighting planning and technical processes in building projects such as the Magistrates Court. It is heartening that the private sector has joined in this. I have already quoted that example of the Lanyon Marketplace. I would like to thank once again the members of the former committee.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hargreaves) adjourned.


MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (3.35): Mr Speaker, for the information of members I present "Setting the Agenda - `A healthy community' - Directions for Health and Community Care in the ACT" and I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to table "Setting the Agenda", my vision for the development of health and community care in the ACT, how we as a clever, caring capital will proudly lead Australia in maximising both community and individual health and wellbeing. Good health and wellbeing are vital to us all. They are vital to us personally, as individuals and as family members. They are vital to us collectively, as contributing citizens to our healthy society. I believe good health and wellbeing represent an essential foundation for achievement of the Government's vision for the ACT: A clever, caring capital.

As Minister for Health and Community Care, I am committed to the Government's outcomes of a healthy, safe, diverse and contributing community; a community supported by accessible, cost-effective services; a community with a dynamic, sustainable economy. A healthy community is fundamental to a healthy economy and to a cohesive society. We need to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of all members of our society, with a particular focus on those who are most vulnerable and those with poorer health status.

"Setting the Agenda" provides an agenda for ongoing development of our health and community care system. It does not attempt to define all the things we will do, but rather establishes the framework within which actions will be undertaken. It establishes a systematic approach to our agenda for improvement in the ACT. It does not represent a radical change in direction. Rather, it builds on achievements at the local level over the past few years. It does aim to accelerate change, to create an increased sense of urgency about developing the type of system which best meets the needs of our community within the resources available.

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